Former Speaker of the Oyo State House of Assembly, Senator Monsurat Sunmonu has said that she will not contest for any political office again, adding that she will focus on advisory role.
Senator Sunmonu who was the Speaker of the Seventh Assembly said this on Tuesday at the office of the speaker, Rt Hon Adebo Ogundoyin in Ibadan.
“I am still in politics and I am available to give political advice to politicians who believe and promote good governance. That is why I am supporting Governor Seyi Makinde as one of the members of his political Advisory Committee. But I am too old now to start jostling for political post hence I will not contest election again in Nigeria.
“I am available for good governance and this is what I will continue to stand for. I urge all the lawmakers to put their constituency first in whatever they do so that posterity can judge them right.” she said.
The leader of the Unity Forum said she was happy for the crop of lawmakers in the Ninth Oyo state house of Assembly describing them as a combination of the old and the young.
Hon Sunmonu noted that the vibrancy and youthfulness of the Speaker, Hon Adebo who is one of the beneficiaries of the Not too young to run Act is making the Ninth Oyo Assembly one of the most active in the country.
The distinguished Senator advised all lawmakers of the Ninth Assembly to work together irrespective of their party differences and affiliations towards making laws that will enhance good governance and also make life meaningful and bearable for the citizenry.
Insideoyo.com gathered that she was at the speaker’s office to felicitate with the immediate past Deputy Speaker, Rt Hon Musah Abdulwasi who was confirmed as chairman of the Oyo State House of Assembly Service Commission.
While speaking, the Speaker specially thanked Sen Sunmonu for her leadership and mentorship roles for the Ninth Oyo state House of Assembly, adding that members have continued to benefit from her immense political, administrative and legislative experiences.
Ogundoyin equally lauded the former Speaker for being a reliable pillar of support for the present administration in Oyo state and indeed for the house of Assembly.
He said Sen Sunmonu has not only made history by becoming the first female lawmaker and indeed Speaker in Oyo state but also as one of the Speakers in the history of the state who led a rancour free house of Assembly and a house with a harmonious working relationship with the then executive arm of government.
“I am happy to receive my mother , a Senior Speaker in the Oyo Assembly and a Distinguished Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in my office. Your advice and support at all times have been helping me in piloting the affairs of the Ninth Assembly. I thank you most sincerely for being there for us at all times.” he said.